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Death on the rails: woman pushed before train: judges want to pass judgment

2020-01-28T03:25:22.553Z

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Duisburg (dpa) - In the trial for the violent death of a woman at Voerde station, the judges want to pass the verdict today. Before that, however, the plea must be made.

In July 2019, the 34-year-old was suddenly pushed into front of a moving train. She died on the track bed.

The perpetrator is said to have been a mentally ill man. At the start of the trial before the Duisburg jury, the 28-year-old had denied any intention. "I'm not pushing women," said a statement read by his defense attorney.

The public prosecutor's office, on the other hand, rated the crime as murder out of murder. A classic punishment is out of the question because of the 28-year-old's severe schizophrenia. In the event of a conviction, the Serb born in Germany is at risk of indefinite placement in a closed psychiatric facility.

The act of Voerde had caused horror across the country. Flowers had been laid on the platform as a sign of mourning. According to witnesses, the 34-year-old had no chance of escaping the attack.

The alleged perpetrator was still overwhelmed on the platform by passers-by and detained until the police arrived. A family man had previously watched the 28-year-old walk up and down, even holding a piece of a screwdriver in his hand. However, that was taken from him.

According to their own statements, the alleged perpetrator had not been well that morning. His head turned, he wavered. Maybe that's why he supported himself with the woman, it said in the read statement.

Source: zeit

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